A Socialbox.biz blog post update by Jenni (June 2018)
We’re excited to announce new partnerships with several Westminster organisations, including the Paddington Charities, Westminster City Council Social Services, and Charing Cross Library. These new relationships will allow us to serve even more individuals and families who desperately need digital inclusion through our initiatives.
are based in Westminster, and support local residents who lack funds to provide for their basic needs, such as clothing and housing. Many of these residents are in distress due to a disability or other medical condition. Paddington Charities also supports young people who need financial assistance to further their education through university or trade-related courses.
Recently, one of the social workers reached out to us with a story of how we were able to support one of his clients. He told us one of his clients was a young individual who was robbed and lost everything valuable in her possession. SocialBox.biz “has made a huge difference in her life[, helping her] beat post natal depression, recover [from] the trauma of being robbed, and helping her search for relevant support agencies in the area for her and her newborn. She says that it felt like ‘being reborn again’ and made her feel like she…has not been forgotten.”
One of the social workers from Westminster City Council also told us, “What a lovely gift this will make…! If you have anymore [donated laptops], please let me know; I would gladly find them nice homes in permanent long term homes for looked after children. … I work with young people who are claiming asylum. Some are receiving home tuition and would relish the opportunity of having the use of a laptop to complete coursework and for other communicative purposes.”
We’re very excited about the opportunity to continue investing in Westminster. However, we won’t be able to offer ongoing, sustainable donations to the city without new corporate partners in the Westminster area. If you work with a Westminster corporation, please reach out to us through the Contact link at the top right corner of our website! We have several partnership opportunities we can discuss.
How we serve our partners
As you may know, SocialBox.biz proudly serves charity partners across the United Kingdom with the mission of spreading digital inclusion to vulnerable populations, including the homeless, older people living in isolation, young unaccompanied refugees, recent immigrants, and others who need help, such as the individuals served by Paddington Charities. However, we don’t simply provide these people with re-homes computers—we provide free classes to teach them how to use free open source software which they can use to communicate with friends, family, and potential employers; research information for their educational courses or job searches; and practice basic and advanced computer skills which are required by many jobs in the area.
We work with many charity partners to offer safe drop-off spaces where you can donate your old, disused but still working technology. For example, the Westminster Charing Cross library is a new drop-off location!
Charing Cross Library (please leave your items with the library manager) 4-6 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HF
If you work with a company who will be updating their equipment soon, or who may wish to take advantage of our digital or corporate governance consulting services, please contact us through the Contact link on our website! All of our consulting services benefit our charitable mission.